While some organic grower-shippers seem to favor the stricter enforcement of the USDA's organic regulations proposed, they seem less willing commit to higher fees and stricter enforcement of the rules.
The year 2020 will go in the record books as one of the toughest in memory, thanks to the COVID-19 virus, but it could turn out to be a profitable year for fresh produce in Colorado, grower-shippers say.
The coronavirus has caused major shifts in the onion business, and grower-shippers across the Idaho-Eastern Oregon region say they are working to stay ahead of changes that sometimes come with little or no notice.
A “less is more” philosophy has permeated produce packaging in recent years, as companies work to reduce waste. Packages have been designed to contain fewer plastics, thinner films and biodegradable materials.
A successful package-recycling program is a numbers game, according to Jeff Brandenburg, president and primary consultant for the Greenfield, Mass.-based JSB Group LLC and QFresh Lab in Salinas, Calif.